Last chapters of Tori Stafford trial

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This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Victoria (Tori) Stafford murder trial is finally coming to an end on Thursday when the court would announce its final verdict against Michael Rafferty. Thirty-one year old Rafferty is accused of first-degree murder of the 8-year-old Ontarian girl.

Rafferty’s defence lawyer Dirk Derstine avoided telling the media about his plans for Thursday. Nonetheless, the court will be presented with the video recorded by the high school surveillance camera showing Tori walking home after school with Rafferty’s accomplice, McClintic, on April 8.

According to the doctors, a blunt force trauma, perhaps caused by multiple strikes with a hammer became the reason of Tori’s death. Allegedly, she died the same day she was kidnapped.

Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth told the London jury: “I could see a portion of a garbage bag underneath the rocks. I moved one rock aside. I touched the bag because I didn’t know if it was a piece of scrap.” Inside the bag was Tori’s remains, he told the court.

Terri-Lynne McClintic pleaded guilty to the abduction and first-degree murder soon after she was taken into police custody. She helped police form a case against Rafferty, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault causing bodily harm.

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